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FRIDAY, December 19
What’s the buzz? Well, everything’s all right because Jesus has made good on his promise and has come back. Don’t know how to love him? You can experience him in the flesh for as low as $21.50. Ted Neeley reprises his role as the Sandaled One in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famed musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It rocks! Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Dec. 16-21; $21.50-$146.50. (213) 480-3232.
SATURDAY, December 20
Greg Proops gives props to the prophet at The Greg Proops Holiday Spectacular! Guests include special elf Andy Richter; bearer of glad tidings comedian Dana Gould; herald harking with Fee Waybill from the Tubes; and merry gentleman musical genius Jon Brion. Entices Proops: “Celebrate the last days of President Caligula. Christmas capers, songs and laughter. Dreidels optional. Fun required. Make Christmas festive again, with jokes, jams and smoking in the alley.” Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; Sat., Dec. 20, 9 p.m.; $20. (310) 855-0350.
SUNDAY, December 21
Here’s something you may or may not enjoy: Unsilent Night. Everybody’s invited to bring a boom box and will receive a CD or digital file to play at an appropriate moment in the procession (or something like that). New York composer Phil Kline came up with the idea of an “electronic caroling party” a few years ago, and it has become a yearly custom. You’re welcome to join the walk even if you don’t have a boom box, and voluntary donations of $1 will be collected for an anti-domestic-violence charity. Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Sun., Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; free. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them what format you need.
MONDAY, December 22
We live in Celebrityland, so we get productions of A Christmas Carol we deserve — with loads of familiar names. John Goodman, Jane Leeves and Jane Seymour, Christopher Lloyd ( as Ebenezer Scrooge!) and — !!!!! — Gene Wilder appear in 16 performances of the Charles Dickens classic. Call your relatives in those other states and brag about it. Kodak Theatre, Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hollywood; Dec. 22-Jan. 4; $28-$79.50. (213) 480-3232.
TUESDAY, December 23
It’s beginning to look a lot like ... gospel. From South Africa, no less. When it comes to colorful outfits, you can’t beat the Soweto Gospel Choir. No matter how lifted your current state of mind, it’s sure to rise, as these renowned artists perform classic Christmas carols, along with gospel and African traditional songs. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; $24–$195. (323) 850-2000.
WEDNESDAY, December 24
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special guest blurbist for the L.A. County Holiday Celebration. Please welcome award-winning dance writer Ann Haskins! The annual Christmas Eve marathon of dance, singing and music returns with 1,200 performers, free admission and free parking for the show. Dance offerings include Ladies in the Rain, DreamDance2’s updated take on Chinese Han dance; New Universe Entertainment Academy’s Enter Into Tibet; JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, with a soul-jazz version of “Sleighride”; MotionTribe, with a blend of ballet and aerial dance; plus four companies offering new perspectives on The Nutcracker, including hip-hop (Antics Performance), modern (Backhausdance), Bollywood (Blue 13 Dance Company) and traditional ballet (South Bay Ballet). Thanks, Ann! We should also add that there will be rock types this year, including Dengue Fever and Royal Crown Revue. KCET-TV will broadcast the show live. Check www.holidaycelebration.org for scheduled performance times and a complete listing of performers. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Wed., Dec. 24, 3-9 p.m.; free. (213) 972-3099.
THURSDAY, December 25
Who’s cute and jolly and family-friendly and has cheeks you just want to squeeze? Yep, the big guy’s in town. Shake the tinsel out of your hair and catch Gabriel Iglesias. We could all use the laugh. The Ice House, 24 Mentor Ave., Pasadena; Thurs., Dec. 25, 7 p.m.; $25. (626) 577-1894.
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